Carly Pearce Praises Jelly Roll: ‘To Know Him Is to Love Him’

Carly Pearce is a friend, and a fan, of Jelly Roll. The 33-year-old sang the praises of the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year, after the two performed together at The Eastern in Atlanta (along with Jake Owen), with Pearce taking to social media to honor Jelly Roll.

“I. Am. Not. Okay,” Pearce wrote. “Y’all…. I have played so many shows over the last seven years, but none like tonight. This human is obviously taking country music by storm, but to know him is to love him. I have never met someone with more of a purpose than you Jelly Roll. I feel inspired by the power of music and by the power of the underdog. Unbelievably proud of what Jelly is doing and feel so honored to have witnessed the impact tonight. If you ever need your next duet partner, CALL ME.”

I. Am. Not. Okay. Yall…. I have played so many shows over the last 7 years, but none like tonight. This human is…

Posted by Carly Pearce on Thursday, November 30, 2023


Pearce knows a thing or two about duets. She won her first CMA and ACM Award for “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” her duet with Lee Brice. She also won her first Grammy Award for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” her duet with Ashley McBryde, and currently has a Top 25 hit with Chris Stapleton, for their “We Don’t Fight Anymore” collaboration, which is also nominated for a Grammy.

“He called me on his way to the studio and asked me what was my wildest dream for the song,” Pearce recalled to People. “And I said, ‘Go do what you feel.’ Obviously, I’ve had other collaborations, but it’s kind of like they sing a verse, I sing a verse, we sing a chorus. But he took the bridge of this song, and just made it his own and gave it a whole different meaning to the song and a different voice to the song — and it blew my mind.”

Pearce originally planned to sing on the bridge of ‘We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Stapleton, until she heard what he had done with it in the studio.

“I literally said, ‘Turn me off,” Pearce said. “This is his bridge. It’s almost now a conversation, where we call and answer each other. He sings something that was just better than anything I could have ever told him to sing.”

Jelly Roll also knows a few things about duets. He currently has a No. 1 single with “Save Me,” his duet with Lainey Wilson.

Pearce will serve as the opening act next year on Tim McGraw‘s 2024 Standing Room Only Tour, which kicks off on March 14 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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